Since 1976, The Kraken has offered live music nearly every night of the week. But the Cardiff bar's owner pulled the plug Tuesday, worried that a series of recent noise citations over loud music could cost him his liquor license.So in response to complaints from downtown Encinitas residents about public drunkenness, drunk driving, noise, sex, vomiting, and urination around Second Street, the council hired a full-time, pensioned code enforcement officer who works mostly day shifts and hasn't visibly improved the downtown situation. But a long-time local music tradition two miles away that was not a known problem for neighbors gets shut down. So that's how it works.
Beth Levy, who books bands five nights a week at the popular bar, said owner Ron Crilley made the difficult decision to indefinitely cancel live music after a city code enforcement officer showed up Tuesday with five citations for excessive noise. The citations, all written between June 26 and July 20, say that amplified music could be heard late at night outside the walls of the bar at 2531 S. Coast Highway 101.
To avoid risking the loss of his liquor license, Crilley asked Levy to cancel all future concerts.
"For 39 years we've had live music almost every night of the week," Levy said. "I've worked there 10 years. I'm a single mom with three kids and I'm worried about the future livelihood of myself and everyone that works here. Without music, we won't have the crowds in here dancing like we used to."
Michael Rennie, whose band Rio Peligroso was scheduled to perform at The Kraken tonight, said the loss of the bar as its "North County home base is significant for us."
"It's hard to imagine that the Kraken contributed significantly to any noise issues," Rennie said. "There are no residences nearby, it sits in Highway 101 and nearby businesses appeared to be closed by the time we took the stage. If anything, it seemed The Kraken would be a magnet for activity in that area after 8 p.m."
An online petition to save music at the Kraken started just two days ago already has more than 1100 signatures.
HT: The Sculpin.
UPDATE: In the face of public outrage, the city backs down:
Jul 23, 2015 — Thank You To Everyone For Joining The Cause To Keep Local Live Music At The Kraken. We Have An Update From The Owner That The City Of Encinitas Has Heard Our Cries And Will Allow Us To Continue Live Music At The Kraken Without Future Retaliation Or Citations. I Strongly Urge Everyone To Continue To Show Why Local Live Music Is An Essential Part Of The Cities Culture. Once Again, Thank You All And Your Voices Have Been Heard. We Saved The Music!!!